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It's a Great Day / The Girl Who Couldn't Quite

One Good And One Great

(Edit) 20/01/2020

The first film - It's A Great Day - features a family who's father gets into trouble when he unwittingly buys some stolen tiles, and the situation quickly escalates as other family members get into scrapes of their own. Good family fun, just right for a Sunday afternoon.

The second film - The Girl Who Couldn't Quite - is far more interesting: a girl lives with her rich relatives in a country mansion. She hasn't laughed once since she was five. Despite her family's best efforts, both to try to make her laugh and to find out why she can''t, nothing works until one day she sees a man in the garden and laughs at him. The family promptly try to hire him, but despite him being a tramp he has morals and standards and refuses the money. However, when he's told the story, he agrees to stay. The plot develops nicely, with plenty of twists and turns, and is one of the most clever and unusual films I've seen. It kept me fascinated to the end, and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who finds modern films unsatisfying.

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Good story, but...

(Edit) 09/01/2020

The idea of the film is quite intriguing, but the direction and production abysmal!

The camera Jerked and jumped, often making flash shots of a second or less, and shots were made at silly angles. All of this served to break up any continuity or coherence in the film, and so it never really held my attention.

The overall effect was that it was made by small children who'd never held a camera before, and some of the extras show the crew and actors jiggling about to music, confirming the impression that they were too busy having lots of fun to bother much about the way the film might turn out.

A background film, the sort  that you could have on while doing the washing up.

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Forbidden Planet

The best ever SF film!

(Edit) 09/01/2020

This is, without doubt, the best science fiction film I've ever seen! Most of the films in this genre either forget realistic science altogether, or use the science in ways that are unfeasible, to say the least!

I suppose some of the acting could be better, and the special effects wobble a bit sometimes, but for me, the story line and the way science is built into it more than makes up for such minor things, especially when you consider when it was made. 

I've watched most of the modern SF blockbusters, but none can hold a candle to this! I'd give it ten stars if I could!

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Miss Hokusai

A wonderfully gentle and moving film

(Edit) 12/06/2019

This is a story of a great artist and his family, set in Japan in the early part of the nineteenth century. It's beautifully made and the even the smallest details are exquisitely drawn, adding to the depth of the scenes. Well worth seeing; I loved it.

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Malice @ Doll

A Different Slant On Differences.

(Edit) 04/09/2017

I find Japanese animes so thought-provoking, and this one's no exception.

A world of robots, programmed to look after humans every need, continue to function even though the humans have gone. Whenever one starts to malfunction, it seeks out the repair robot. Malice, a robot prostitute, is looking for the repairer when it comes across a peculiar creature that turns it into a real-life human female.

She is unaware of what has happened to her, but realises something is different and thinks she still needs repair. When she tries to ask the other robots what might be wrong, they don't recognise her as one of them, and won't have anything to do with her. The way this odd situation is explored is what I find so interesting.

As usual, I didn't guess the ending!

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